Friday Favorites.

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Hello friends. Hello Friday. Hello fall.

Here are my favorites from this ridiculously hot September week:

  1. Pink doors. There’s a little boutique in Dallas with the prettiest pastel pink front door, which led me to look around the world wide web (read: Pinterest) for more pink door inspiration. Check out this beauty below.
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    Pink may be a little too feminine for most people, but I like that it’s different and adds a touch of whimsy to otherwise plain homes. (This “favorite” is dedicated my color-loving mama who once painted our front door purple.)
  2. Last week, a few friends and I checked out Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art. I had been to the DMA before, but our group went truly late (10:30 pm!) and had the museum to ourselves—so much better for leisurely perusing.
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    This was my favorite piece. It was also the piece that made my friend Carlton say, “How is this art?” To each his own, I suppose.
  3. This is what I like to call living vicariously through my friends. My friend Kendall was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune this past week—how cool is that? We had a watch party and it was so fun to not only see a pal on TV, but also to hear all the insider secrets from Kendall.
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  4. Did you watch “This is Us” on NBC this week? As my friends and family know, I have been mourning the loss of “Parenthood” since the series finale in 2015. Well, “This is Us” may just fill the gap that “Parenthood” left in my life. #DramaQueenKat #ButItReallyWasGood #YouShouldWatchIt
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  5. This week I’ve been feeling super grateful for my co-workers. These people are gifts. Weird, weird gifts.
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  6. I experienced a good dose of FOMO last fall when Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s southern inspired boutique, opened a store in Nashville—smack dab in my former neck of the woods. But good new: Reese just opened a second Draper James location right here in Dallas! I stopped in for a minute this week and I wanted everything. Especially this “Howdy” print…
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    (Fun fact: I always say that my spirit animal would be a mix of Reese Witherspoon and Emma Stone.)
  7. Bridesmaid dress update: picked up both from the seamstress yesterday and they fit perfectly. Phew! I’m ready for you, weddings.

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    The dress that formerly could be taken off without unzipping now fits like a CHAMP.
  8. And finally, I have been loving my 5th grade Bible study this fall. The girls are talkative, sweet, and full of joy. Best hour of my week.
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Happy first weekend of fall and may your alma mater’s football team win by a landslide tomorrow.

KAT
Currently listening to “WALLS” by Kings of Leon

Stylin’

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If I could pick my talent in life, I would be artistic (that, or I would have the singing prowess of Adele). I love the idea of creating beauty. Alas, my artistic abilities have always been sub-par.

My aunt, an art teacher, thoroughly believes that everyone is an artist in his or her own way. I distinctly remember her telling 10 year old Kat, “you just have to discover your artistic ability.”

And you know what, you guys? I think she’s right. I have a friend whose artistic side shines brightest through her beautiful penmanship; I know another gal whose artsy flair can be seen through her funky jewelry designs. Though those ladies aren’t traditional artists, it’s cool to see how their creative abilities produce joy and beauty in unique ways.

I, on the other hand, am not crafty in the least. My drawing capability is capped at a robot and I straight-up shudder at the idea of completing a Pinterest project. I do think I have an artistic side, though, and I’d argue that it’s best seen through my personal style.

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I’ve always enjoyed having my own unique Kat Williamson style. It’s fairly classic with a little bit of spunk, made up of pieces ranging from J. Crew staples to thrift store scores. In a phrase, I’d call it “cheeky traditional” (thought real hard about that one, folks).

Let’s take a figurative look into my closet, shall we?

  1. The “can’t live withouts.” My staples include blue, black, and white jeans. Plain tees (my love for slouchy long sleeve v-necks runs particularly deep). Black cotton dresses. Levi cut offs. Solid-colored jumpsuits. Mexican embroidered tops. And a leather jacket for good measure. The color theme with these pieces is almost always on the boring side—I like a lot of blacks, greys, and whites (but I spice up my outfits with accessories, so don’t you worry).
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  2. How about that bling? I love my Daniel Wellington watch and wear it most days, but I recently inherited a gold Michael Kors watch that I wear on the reg as well.
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    I love earrings and rarely go without! Most days, I wear cheap, fake pearl earrings because they go with everything and brighten up the face. On days when I’m feeling a little more sassy, I turn to statement earrings. I am a big fan of Baublebar danglers because they’re bright, fun, and inexpensive.

    Oh, and occasionally I wear simple gold bands on my fingers, because why the heck not.

  3. Show off ’em kicks. I’ve got happy feet when I wear my favorite neon sandals, thrift store clogs, Nike sneakers, Birkenstocks (that I bought in high school!), and cognac booties.
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  4. On the head. I, Kat Williamson, am a baseball cap girl. I have quite the collection and love them for many reasons, but mostly because they are sporty, cute, and cover up my locks on non-shower days. I also enjoy funky barrettes, thrift store scares, and bandanas (I LOVE a good bandana in the hair).
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When it comes to style, I’ve always been a firm believer that you can sport anything you want as long as you wear it with confidence and a convincing smile. However, time and age have begun to prove this theory wrong. I’ve realized that, try as I might, some trends just aren’t for me (such as flat-rimmed hats, crop tops, 90s chokers, and bright red lipstick). And coming to that realization, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call maturity. I think I’ve found a look that represents me well (not to mention, flatters my form), so for now I’m sticking with my “cheeky traditional” style…dumb title and all.

So, what’s on my style wishlist right now? That’s easy—white overalls!
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I think they are adorable and fun. But where to find them, that is the question!

And, because weddings are the name of the game for me right now, I’m also looking into rehearsal dinner/wedding guest dresses. These are my favorites as of late…

So there you go. Maybe I’ll never find my true artistic calling (sorry, Aunt Kristin), but I think it’s fun to express myself through my personal style. And for me, that’s artsy enough.

KAT
Currently listening to “My Girl” by The Temptations

Friday Favorites.

It’s Friday! Let the wild rumpus start!

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Here are my favorite finds from this week:

  1. This week I became obsessed with Mari Andrew‘s illustrations after stumbling upon one on A Cup of Joe. They are hilarious and often relevant to my 26-year-old self. These four especially caught my eye…
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    No joke, someone asked me the other day what I was looking for in a man and I said, “The two J’s: Jesus and a job.” So, Mari really nailed the 26-28 dream BF.

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    My girlfriends and I are so guilty of meticulously splitting the restaurant tabs. Waiters HATE us. 
  2. These days, carrying my laptop around is simply a necessity. Feels like I’m a college kid again…but alas, I am not and I definitely feel like I’ve outgrown my backpack stage of life. So, I’ve started shopping around for a fun tote to help lug around my valuables while still making me feel like a grown lady. Cue some serious contenders:
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I’m leaning towards the first one because A) it’s cute; and B) it’s cheap. But I’m not completely sold. If you’re a fellow tote-er, what do you look for in such a bag?
3. Remember those weddings I was telling you about last week? Well, I started writing my Maid of Honor speech and it’s a tougher task than I anticipated. So far, this is all I have…
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Needless to say, I’ve got some writing to do. But good grief, it’s hard to be sweet and sincere, while not overly gushy or straight up boring. I found a helpful article from Glamour Mag that walks you through successful M.O.H. speeches, but I definitely have a ways to go before I’m ready for my 1-on-200 conversation with a room full of strangers. …Still, I stand by my first (and only) sentence that I have so far: everyone really does need a Bailey in their life. 
4. Last Friday, I road tripped to Little Rock, Arkansas to watch the Dixie Chicks sing their hearts out with my mom, aunt, and uncle. We sang every word to “Goodbye Earl” and danced like fools. Could there be anything more fun?
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(Also, I think it should be acknowledged that Martie Robinson, the violinist in the trio, had the most toned and beautiful arms I’ve ever seen…which I guess makes sense, due to all the violin-ing. Ok, moving on.)

It was a short and sweet trip to Little Rock—less than 24 hours! But, isn’t it funny how sometimes that’s all you need to feel refreshed? There are times when I wish my parents lived closer to me, but I’m also glad that they’re a few hours away because it really feels like a retreat when I go home.

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Coffee and a new book on my parents’ porch Saturday morning. 
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A lovely neighborhood farmer’s market that I ran by. I think the word for this is QUAINT. 
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This is just a pretty Little Rock house that I passed on my run. Again with the quaint, am I right?

5. And finally, a lovely home tour from a cool interior designer in Austin. I think the pastels in her home are straight-up dreamy and how ’bout that front door?
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Enjoy the weekend. Do something crazy.

KAT
Currently listening to “Something Beautiful” by Andrea Marie

Friday Favorites.

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FYI: I don’t endorse smoking, but I do endorse Janet Hill Studio art.

Ok, the title’s a fraud. It’s totally Thursday night as I type this. But I’ve got to jot down my favorites now because I’ll be driving to Little Rock to watch these ladies sing some tunes tomorrow…1464834192908
Oh, the Dixie Chicks. I don’t care how uncool I am for loving them (or how unpatriotic), I will forever be a fan.

Here are my favorites from this week:

  1. This may seem like a silly story, but one of my favorite things from this past week was getting my bridesmaid dresses altered. I’m in a few weddings this fall and one of my bridesmaid dresses just really did not fit. (The first time I tried it on, I could take it off without even unzipping it.) I panicked when I found out that it was too late to reorder the dress and frantically searched online to find an alterations company in Dallas. I scribbled down the name and address of the first store that popped up and went in to see if they could fix the issue. Turns out, the store is a one-man shop run by the sweetest lady named Eta. Eta, a Transylvanian immigrant, is one of those wonderful souls who calls you “darling” and makes you feel like a dear old friend…all while fixing your clothing woes. I later found an article from the Dallas Morning News about Eta, which made me love her all the more. (Oh, and she definitely remedied the bridesmaid dress crisis of 2016. Phew.)
  2. While we’re on the topic of bridesmaid dresses, I am beyond excited to be Maid of Honor in my best friend Bailey’s wedding this fall. I glanced at her wedding website for the first time today, and her description of our friendship made me smile…
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    “My cool Texan bestie. One of those rare souls you find who’s the same kind of weird as you. Kat & I met in college and lived together for 2 years. I envy her wisdom, her spunk, and her fashion sense.”

    It’s true. We are kindred spirits who are the same kind of weird. Can’t wait to stand beside her on her big day.

  3. My sister Sarah sent me this article from NY Mag about the positive effects of journaling on one’s health/mood. As a lifelong journaler, I’d say they’re on to something. I definitely feel better when I have time to process things on paper—don’t you? So do your body good and write something today!
  4. Yesterday, my talented friend Shiloe used me as a model to test out her new camera lens. Tyra Banks, I am not. Still, it was a fun afternoon with a fun kid.
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  5. I came to the sad realization this week that I’m either going to have to start eating healthier or buy bigger pants. Since I’m on a ministry budget, looks like eating healthy wins. So, I’m drawing inspiration from this article, which helps you not only shrink your waistline but your food budget as well.
  6. And finally, I’ve become obsessed with monograms as of late. But not monograms as you would see on sorority girls’ yeti cups; I’m talking heirloom monograms. The good stuff. I think this new obsession is due in part to a visit in The Lovelist store here in Dallas. Their delicate hankies will have you swooning and scheming to get your initials on every possible thing you own.
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Peace + blessings, all!

KAT
Currently listening to “HAPPINESS” by NEEDTOBREATHE

Friday Favorites.

It’s Friday, y’all. Celebrate like you’re Pam + Jim.

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Here’s a roundup of my favorites from this week:

  1. Cheeky doormats are my go-to birthday gift for friends. West Elm has some particularly cute ones. (Who doesn’t want a doormat that says “Hey, good lookin'”?) But, if those are a little out-of-budget for you, check out this doormat tutorial. With a little DIY power, you can create your own doormat that reflects your spunky personality to guests and UPS guys alike.
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  2. The youth staff from my church “retreated” last week, and it was a ball. We were loaned a lake house and given free time to just chill and get to know each other. Basically, our days looked like this: yoga pants + tons of coffee + snacks galore + no makeup + dear friends. Not bad, eh?Staff Retreat
  3. This past Saturday, a dream came true. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, I finally attended a Coldplay concert and it was absolute perfection. I’ve been what I can only think to call a “super fan” since 7th grade, so when the chance came last February to purchase tickets, I went for it (thank you, former Marketing salary, for making this possible). I’ve never spent so much moolah on a concert ticket, but it was worth every penny. At one point, I was mere yards away from Chris Martin, and I 100% teared up during both “The Scientist” and “Till Kingdom Come.” So there you go. I’m a Coldplay freak and proud of it.
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  4. Woven Lights. Maybe these lights are no more than strange hanging baskets to most people, but I recently saw a gorgeous woven chandelier in a restaurant and couldn’t deny the warmth and unique beauty it brought to the environment. In the most timely fashion, Domino Mag recently had an online article about these conversation pieces. Made my love for them all the more deep. What do you think? I’d definitely put a woven light in my hypothetical house.
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  5. Christmas music. Lest you think I’ve lost my mind, I am actually aware that it is early September and not at all time to start caroling. Still, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” and “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” have been on repeat in my apartment. Oddly enough, I’ve been feeling pretty down about summer ending, but these sweet tunes build the anticipation for the seasons to come.
  6. Now that my parents live in Little Rock, Arkansas, I feel like my education on the Clinton family has grown two-fold. Not sure if you’re aware, but that little ol’ Clinton fam is a pretty big deal in The Natural State. That being said, this article was interesting to me. A few of the previous Clinton homes mentioned are in neighborhoods I run through when home visiting my mom and dad. Very cool. Also, I found the evolution of their lifestyle incredible…quite the change from their first casa to last, don’t you think?
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  7. Bookshelf inspiration. I saw this article on Apartment Therapy and it gave me serious bookshelf jealousy. Those who know me know I love my books. Sadly, I also happen to be in the stage of life where I move just about every year—if not to a new town, at least to a new locale. Books are the absolute worst to lug around, so I don’t have the luxury of collecting/hoarding hundreds of books at this point in my life. But someday I WILL have walls full of books and it will be grand.
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  8. And finally, Husker football is back this weekend. Let’s hope for a better season this time around. #GBR

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    Oh, college. I miss you still.

That’s it! Enjoy your last summer weekend, friends.

KAT
Currently listening to “Pure and Simple” by Dolly Parton